Quote category: Life

Life must be understood backwards. But it must be lived forwards.


Soren Kierkegaard Permalink to Soren Kierkegaard quote

Living life to the full comes when the ultimate concerns have been faced: death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.

How we face or avoid those concerns has profound effects on the ways in which we experience intimacy and solitude, closeness and freedom, awareness of self and others.


Stephanie Dowrick Permalink to Stephanie Dowrick quote

Life was never meant to be a struggle just a gentle progression from one point to another, much like walking through a valley on a sunny day.


Stuart Wilde Permalink to Stuart Wilde quote

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"


Sydney J. Harris Permalink to Sydney J. Harris quote

In my life I have often been given the advice - just be yourself.
I only wish that I had instead been advised to - let yourself be.


Thomas Coyne Permalink to Thomas Coyne quote

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent intolerable uncertainty: the joy of not knowing what comes next.


Ursula Leguin Permalink to Ursula Leguin quote

The best way to know life is to love many things.


Vincent Van Gogh Permalink to Vincent Van Gogh quote

Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.


Virginia Satir Permalink to Virginia Satir quote

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.


W. Somerset Maugham Permalink to W. Somerset Maugham quote

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.


Walter Bagehot Permalink to Walter Bagehot quote